Frontpoint Plan Pricing
|Plan||Price||Promo Price||Contract Length|
|Protection Plan||$34.99/mo||-||36 mo|
|Interactive Plan||$44.99/mo||-||36 mo|
|Ultimate Plan||$49.99/mo||-||36 mo|
Frontpoint Monitoring Plans Explained
As you can see above, Frontpoint offers three monitoring plan tiers: Protection Plan for $34.99/month, Interactive Plan for $44.99/month, and Ultimate Plan for $49.99/month.
Protection Plan is the cheapest and most basic monitoring plan offered by Frontpoint. If you subscribe to this plan, you'll get all-inclusive professional monitoring, automated system checks, and all the basic features offered by a Frontpoint security system such as cellular monitoring with broadband backup, wireless equipment, and easy-to-install system.
What's interesting here is the all-inclusive professional monitoring. Most alarm companies charge extra if you want them to monitor for other risks such as fire and medical emergencies. They usually only offer intrusion monitoring. On the other hand, Frontpoint monitors for break-ins, fire, and medical emergencies at no added cost. As long as you have the right sensors, Frontpoint will monitor for all these risks.
The Interactive Plan offers a tad more features than Protection Plan. Besides what's already mentioned, it gives you access to the Frontpoint smartphone app, Crash & Smash protection, and email and text alerts.
Expanding on the smartphone app access, Frontpoint offers geo-location services, push alert notifications, remote access and control, and sensor history. Geo-location services, a.k.a. geofencing, lets you create rules that triggered by your phone's location. For example, you can create a rule that triggers the system to send you a reminder to arm your security system once you leave your home's premises. Push alerts are smartphone notifications delivered via the app that inform you of alerts occuring at your home. For example, if water leak is detected by one of your flood sensors. Remote access and control uses the power of the internet to let you control your system from anywhere in the world as long as your phone has Wi-Fi or 4G connection. For example, if you forget to arm your security system before leaving, you can arm it from your office. Finally, sensor history lets you take a look at events detected by your sensors. For example, you can check at what times was your front door opened or closed.
Crash & Smash Protection
Crash & Smash Protection is yet another vital security feature. It allows your system to send an alert to the monitoring center even if the intruder breaks your control panel or Frontpoint Hub. The system does this by immediately sending a soft alarm the moment it detects a possible intrusion instead of waiting for a few seconds like most alarm systems do. If you enter your PIN within the grace period, the alarm will be cancelled. If no PIN was entered, the soft alarm will activate and trigger the monitoring center's emergency response protocol.
The Ultimate Plan is the most advanced monitoring plan offered by Frontpoint. If you're looking to add home automation devices and security cameras to your system, this is the plan you should sign up for.
With Frontpoint, you can achieve light, lock, thermostat, and garage door automation as long as you have the equipment. The Frontpoint app offers remote control of these equipment as well as scenes and rule-based automation. Scenes are home automation triggers that control multiple devices at once. For example, you can create a scene that turns off your lights, locks your door, and turn down the thermostat as you leave the house. Rules, on the other hand, are automated actions triggered by certain events. For example, you can make your cameras start recording automatically if motion is detected by one of your motion sensors.
Frontpoint also offers video surveillance features, but first, you must buy security cameras. Frontpoint offers two types of indoor cameras, an outdoor camera, and a doorbell camera. Unlike other Frontpoint equipment, these cameras require a high-speed internet.
Once you have your cameras set up, you can use the Frontpoint app to stream live videos from them and review past motion events. The cameras are programmed to record a short video clip everytime they detect movement.
Although Frontpoint is an alarm company that offers professional monitoring on security equipment, it also offers a self-monitoring plan but only for security cameras. With a Camera Plan, you don't need a Frontpoint Hub or any other equipment. Simply purchase cameras and you'll be able to access them via the Frontpoint app once you sign up for a Camera Plan.
No matter how many cameras you add, the Camera Plan remains at $14.99/month. This self-monitoring plan covers cloud storage for up to 1,000 video clips, customizable notifications, and access to camera features like two-way audio and live streaming. Keep in mind that this is a self-monitoring option. Frontpoint won't monitor your cameras for you, so you need to make sure you can make the call to the authorities if your cameras detect something awry.
Are There Hidden Fees You Should Know About?
It's normal to be worried of hidden fees and charges because some alarm companies still use deceptive sales tactics in order to get you to sign a contract with them. They promise low-cost monitoring and equipment but they sneak in hidden charges in the contract. Before you know it, you're required by law to pay for things you didn't even know exist.
Fortunately, Frontpoint is extremely transparent when it comes to fees. They are clear on what needs to be paid, how much it will cost you, and what it's for.
Frontpoint also offers a price lock on the monitoring fee. If you sign up for the $44.99 monitoring plan, for example, you'll only pay $44.99 per month until your contract ends unless you upgrade your subscription. Other companies reserve the right to increase the monthly monitoring fee mid-contract, so your current $44.99/month fee could become $50/month in the next few years.
Cutting Down Your Equipment Cost
Frontpoint's pricing for their monitoring service is fixed, so you likely won't be able to bargain for a lower monthly fee. However, there are ways to cut down the cost of owning a Frontpoint system
Longer Contract Means More Discounts
One way is signing a 3-year contract. If you commit to Frontpoint's monitoring service for that long, Frontpoint will give you big discounts on equipment cost. For example, you can buy an equipment package that retails for $530 for only $99. However, this offer is only given to homeowners with qualifying credit.
If you're a renter, Frontpoint only lets you sign a 1-year contract. It still offers equipment discount, usually around $25. It's not much, but it's better than nothing.
From time to time, Frontpoint does offer legitimate discount vouchers. Keep an eye out for those. You can use discount vouchers when shopping online. If you're qualified for the discount, simply enter the code upon checkout.
If you're dealing with a Frontpoint sales rep, you may also ask for additional discounts or free equipment. Frontpoint is eager to please its customers, so in this case, ask and you may just receive.
Frontpoint Plan Pricing Vs. Other Companies
If you've looked up other alarm companies online, it might seem like Frontpoint's pricing is a little steep especially with all those companies promising a monitoring fee as low as $25/month.
There's a very good reason why Frontpoint's pricing seems higher. Most alarm companies still use landline monitoring. It's where their alarm panels use their customer's landline to communicate with the monitoring center. Landline monitoring is the cheapest to use, but it is also the least reliable monitoring method as it can easily be defeated by a pair of wire cutters. If an intruder cuts your phone line, your control panel is done for.
Frontpoint has long standardized cellular monitoring. It's a more expensive technology that uses a built-in cellular chip in order to send alerts to the monitoring center. It's the same signal used by your phone to send texts and place calls. It's a more reliable monitoring method because there are no wires to cut and the cellular signal rarely cuts out. In fact, even if there's poor cellular reception in your area, you might still be able to use cellular monitoring.
If you compare Frontpoint's pricing with other companies' cellular monitoring plans, you'll find that it's about the same if not less expensive.